By Ellen Dunkel
21 July 2020
Nutcracker performances have been canceled, theaters sit empty, and dancers all over the world are wondering how to salvage their careers.
But BalletX artistic director Christine Cox has not let coronavirus prevent her company from leaping into the future.
“There was a panic moment,” Cox said. “At first you’re managing the crises by shutting down your performances, which is something we did early. And then slowly as the season was developing, in my mind, [there was] this idea of going big.”
The plan, which Cox announced Tuesday morning, is a new series launching Sept. 10 celebrating the company’s 15th anniversary with world premieres by 15 choreographers. She sees the season in terms of a subscription-based film festival with nine shorts and six features.
The shorts will be dance films presented on a new virtual platform hosted on the company’s website called BalletX Beyond. The features are intended to be performed live in the spring or summer, depending on public health concerns, but they, too, may be turned into films, if necessary.
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